Monsoon-related flooding has left at least 147 people dead in Karnataka, Kerala, and Maharashtra states as of Sunday, August 11. The flooding has also displaced nearly 400,000 people in Kerala and Karnataka states; state-run media claimed that floodwaters were receding in Maharashtra state, though rail transportation may continue to be suspended in hard-hit areas over the next two weeks. Cochin International Airport (COK), serving Kochi, has resumed flight operations as of Sunday after suspending flights on Friday, August 9, due to flooding.
Further rainfall forecast in Karnataka, Kerala, and Maharashtra states over the coming days may lead to additional flooding in areas already affected by floodwaters. Transportation (e.g. road closures, train and flight delays and cancelations), business, and communications disruptions are to be expected in flood-affected areas.
Individuals in the affected areas and those flying via COK are advised to monitor local weather reports and to contact their airline for more information. Avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions and flight reservations before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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